About magazine 2014 Person of the Year: Steve Perry



POYIn addition to his role at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and with The Timken Co., Perry has extensive leadership experience in government, at both the federal and state level. He was appointed 17th administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration from 2001-05, and he served in the cabinet of then-Governor of Ohio George Voinovich as director of the Department of Administration Services from 1991-93.


  • Ohio Board of Regents (1993-2001)
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Board (1993-2001)
  • Canton Urban League Board (1968-83)
  • Mercy Medical Center Board (1984-91 and again beginning in 2006)
  • Stark County District Library Board (1970-86), with three terms as chairman
  • United Way of Central Stark County Annual Campaign Chairman (1996)
  • United Way Board (beginning in 2006)
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival General Chairman (1999)
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Kappa Tau Chapter


Steve Perry in front of a photo of the Hall of Fame and Fawcett Stadium.About’s Person of the Year honor is one among many: 

  • Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Salute Award of Merit
  • Canton Jaycees Distinguished Service Award
  • Kent State University’s President’s Social Responsibility Award 
  • Kent State University’s Distinguished Alumni Award
  • University of Akron Dr. Simonetti Distinguished Business Alumnus Award
  • Timken High School Distinguished Alumni Award


Perry holds a bachelor’s in accounting from The University of Akron and a master’s in management from Stanford University in California. He also attended the University of Michigan Executive Development program.